Love Connection

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God is as close to us as our very breath.

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John 15:5

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”

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Jesus said that he is the vine and that God is the vine grower. Each one of us is like a branch from that vine whose source is Love (“God is love” – 1 John 4:8).

All of creation is connected to that vine…but we may not be conscious of it.

When we are conscious of this divine connection and live in that awareness…we are truly living in the will of God.

It is letting go into the flow of unconditional love and acceptance.

However…our egos do not like this! Our egos want to take over and make our lives “all about me”…my will…my plan. Then…we are not consciously connected to the Vine.

My own “private salvation project” (as Thomas Merton called it) will not lead to a joyful life (branches with fruit)…but to emptiness (withered branches).

Don’t forget that Jesus also said that God would prune the branches that bear fruit. That means that there will be some painful struggles that will lead to bearing even more fruit…if we remain consciously connected to the vine.

How?

By being present!

This takes practice.

Take time to simply “be”.

Set aside time for silence (contemplative prayer) and meditation.

Give your mind a rest.

Simply observe without judgment.

Allow yourself to bask in God’s unconditional love and acceptance.

Be…and be free.

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Sample and/or purchase my songs by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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